Waipi'o baseball stars align for championship celebration

Kainoa Fong
Kainoa Fong
Ulumano Farm
Ulumano Farm
Malcolm Fong
Malcolm Fong

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

MILILANI (KHNL) - The Little League champions celebrated with friends and family for the first time since returning back to Hawaii Monday night.

The Waipi'o little leaguers are on top of the world.

They're signing autographs, taking pictures and the publicity keeps coming in.

Songs, snapshots, autographs, interviews and even that local bling.

For the Waipi'o little league world champs. It's celebrity status.

"I feel like a rockstar, everyone treats me like that, asks me for my autograph," said Player Kainoa Fong.

"I feel like a celebrity," said Player Keelen Obedoza.

Hawaiian steak headlining this feast fit for these baseball kings, the team says the entire community has been rolling out its own form of the red carpet.

"It's been crazy just signing autographs and everyone coming up to you and saying good job and congratulations," said Player Ulumano Farm.

After thousands of pictures, hundreds of autographs, it's a sellout crowd to honor this team of stars. But don't worry, parents say they have to come back down from the clouds sometime.

"It should be really easy especially when they go back to school when school work starts that should put them back to the ground," said Parent Malcolm Fong.

With school assemblies honoring their accomplishments and upcoming appearances all over the community. It's a grueling schedule for these title holders. The Waipi'o stars say the only thing to make it sweeter is an encore performance.

The "Parade of Champions" will run from Ft. DeRussy to Kapiolani Park down Kalakaua Avenue. The event will end with special "Sunset on the Beach" festivities.